Film Festival coming to Duncan

DUNCAN--It's Hollywood meets Southwest Oklahoma this weekend at the Simmons Center in Duncan as the first annual Trail Dance Film Festival kicks off on Friday.

The Trail Dance Film Festival will show 90 films from filmmakers in 20 states, including Oklahoma, and 6 different countries.  The winners will walk away with "The Drover", which is modeled after the famous "Oscar" statue.

"The festival has been an idea for two years," said Trail Dance Film Festival founder Anthony Foreman, a student at Cameron University.  "It actually has taken a year to get everything together, but now after two years it's coming together."

Foreman said it all came together after establishing connections with film makers and film industry insiders at film festivals across Oklahoma.  He said he also scoured trade websites to help put the best product together this weekend at Trail Dance.

"It's fun," he said.  "It's just a lot of fun to see what's going on out there in the world, not just in your own backyard."

Films will be shown at the Simmons Center and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan beginning at 10:30 am on Friday.  The films shown, Foreman said, vary in length, rating, and genre.

"There are films that cost as little as five dollars to produce," he said.  "I think the highest budget we had was about $5.5 million and of course everything in between."

If you'd like tickets to the festival--the only one of its kind in SW Oklahoma--you can call the Simmons Center at 1-800-782-7167 or go to www.traildancefilmfestival.com.